While truck accidents account for a small fraction of auto accidents nationwide, they do cause a significant amount of damage. In 2015, 3,852 people were killed in collisions with large trucks, while about 95,000 other crashes led to injuries. Large trucks such as 18-wheelers can weigh more than 10,000 pounds. The legal weight limit in the United States is actually 80,000. When you add freeway speed to the weight of a commercial truck, the potential damage to body and car alike is catastrophic.
If you were involved in an accident with a semi-truck or other large vehicle, the cost of the truck accident would vary. Overall, the expense depends on the answers to the following questions:
- How much damage was done to your vehicle?
- Was there any other property damage?
- How much have your medical bills been so far?
- How much will your medical bills be in the future?
- How much wage loss have you faced so far?
- How much wage loss will you face in the future?
- Was anyone killed in the accident?
- Was there pain and suffering involved?
The total expense of the truck accident case will be the amount of damage the accident caused, both physically and mentally. The purpose of paying auto and medical insurance is to cover the cost incurred from the accident. However, if the crash involves something like long-term care, your health coverage may not be enough. The case against the large truck’s insurance company, therefore, increases in value monetarily the more you need it.
Likewise, no two auto accidents are the same. One collision could cost the driver of a smaller vehicle an exorbitant amount of physical therapy expenses, while another driver might survive the collision with nothing more than a damaged vehicle. In the first scenario, the driver is likely to get a settlement worth more than $100,000 , while the second driver may only get $20,000.
The best way to calculate how much your case will be worth is to consult your physician and a good Pennsylvania truck accident attorney. Your doctor can predict how much treatment you will need, while your attorney can organize your case and prepare to defend your claim against the insurance company (which will do its best to minimize how much it has to pay). Contact us at (888) 498-3023 or fill out our online form to discuss your situation. Our staff is available 24/7.